In a news release, Ritze cited the 2005 assault on a Tulsa reverend; the 2009 killing of an Anadarko pastor; and recent bomb threats against Edmond’s Fairview Baptist Church after its pastor, the Rev. Paul Blair, spoke out against an Oklahoma City Council resolution prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Conspicuously absent in the release was the mention of threats against Oklahoma Muslim leaders following the passage of a law banning courts from considering Shariah law when deciding a case. But who has time to list how HB 2988 would apply to all houses of worship, right?
“While I certainly hope this legislation is never needed, there have been several cases in recent years where citizens at a place of worship were the target of violence,” Ritze said. “Should that occur again, this legislation simply makes clear that the right to self-defense applies to a place of worship.”
The bill must now pass the Senate and get the approval of Gov. Mary Fallin, but it might face some challenges, especially from liberal hippie types telling people crazy things like turn the other cheek or love your enemy.
As if saying things like that would ever win an election in Oklahoma.